Capps Records First Round Finish at Columbus HEBRON, Ohio. (June 13, 2004) -- Ron Capps was unsuccessful in his bid to capture his second career victory at National Trail Raceway Sunday, posting a first round finish at the track where he raced...
Capps Records First Round Finish at Columbus
HEBRON, Ohio. (June 13, 2004) -- Ron Capps was unsuccessful in his bid to capture his second career victory at National Trail Raceway Sunday, posting a first round finish at the track where he raced to the win two years ago.
The Southern California racer, who qualified his green Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo in the No. 13 position, used a significant starting line advantage before his car spun the tires after overpowering the National Trail Raceway drag strip near half track, causing the 14-time NHRA winner to slow to a run of 6.425 seconds at 142.45 mph. First round opponent Phil Burkart Jr. recorded a pass of 4.953 at 290.94 to earn the victory.
"The important thing for us is that the car is getting more consistent," Capps said. "This was the first time in a long time that the car got down the track on three of four qualifying runs. It's not going to happen overnight for Roland (Leong). Roland needs some time to get used to the car. I can already tell a big difference in how the car runs. We'll stay here in Columbus and test on Monday and make as many runs as we can before we head off to Englishtown (N.J.)."
Capps and his Roland Leong-led crew will remain in Ohio on Monday, June 14 to test their Don Prudhomme-owned Funny Car in preparation for the hot, sticky track conditions they will face during the upcoming summer months.
"We went down the track on three of our four passes in qualifying," Leong said. "The one run we didn't get down was with new tires. We have a history of not running well on the first pass with new tires. I was confident the car should have gone down the track in the first round. What we're learning is that our windows (for making mistakes) are way too small with this car. We're going to test so we can learn how to make those windows bigger so that we can get down the track each time."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 35th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals, June 17-20, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Capps raced to a runner-up finish at the New Jersey facility last May.